DIY Macrame Coasters- Beginners Tutorial- Easy Step by Step

July 24, 2020

 

Fun and Easy DIY Home Decor Project - Macramé Coasters - Easy Tutorial


 

 

Tutorial By Robyn Gough

This tutorial was created to help first time makers follow a simple weaving pattern to make macrame coasters for the home, a great addition to any tabletop and keeps coffee rings and water marks off surfaces too ! 

 

This pattern was developed so that ANYONE, crafty or not, can make a professional standard home decor item. It doesn’t matter if you have never heard of Macramé until reading this article. This simple step by step will guide you through making your knots and will also feature handy tips and full pattern instructions to get your coasters pro standard! 

WARNING: this is a totally addictive craft! This tutorial will ready you to start exploring more knots and DIY fibre arts and projects for your home ! Once your hooked, don’t forget to head over to the blog or video tutorials page to learn more crafts for free! 

 


Let’s get started!

 

Make Your Own Perfect Macrame Coasters !

 

Equipment


Macramé, unlike crochet or knitting, does not require any “needles”. You only need your hands to tie knots.

 

I use a contemporary styled Macramé cotton cord known as 5mm seriously soft - this is available in my shop here . It’s a very fine based loose cord that is easy to use and unravels gently should you want to create a beautiful fringe effects

 

Supplies

  • 2 Colours of 5mm Seriously Soft Single Ply cotton Cord

  • Scissors

  • Comb or brush 

  • Rotary cutter/ chopping board

 

 

 

Method

 

The easies way to learn how to do this is to watch this full length free tutorial video : 

 

 


 

This video shows me making coasters for the second time. You can see me tie the initial knots in real time - repeated the method twice. And then when the method becomes repetitive, the rest of the  knots are shown in double time with the amount of cords you need to add shown in text overlay. 
 

These coasters are created in 6 rings/ rows which I will explain in the following steps in the video I say rows/ring interchangeably but they mean the same thing

 

*Since making this video I have revised the best amount of cords to add in on each row, this is explained below and is on the text overlay in the video:

 
 

Measure and cut first! 
Since making this video I have revised the best amount of cords to add in each row, which is explained below and is on the text overlay in the video:

 

  • 1 length that is 130 cm long (this will be the working cord and should be in the majority colour) 

  • 18 lengths that are 90cm long (majority colour) 

  • 10 lengths that are 90 cm long of your minority Colour 

 

*if you follow these steps exactly you should have 2/3 lengths left over at the end and enough cord hanging that you can choose to do a 7th round and have enough cord to knot comfortably. 


 

Pattern Method: 

*Make a note of this before you start to hep guide you

These below notes on each round will make PERFECT flat Coasters when using 5mm single ply cord 

 

starting loop
3 of the majority colour and 1 of the minority colour


Round 1 

No cords need to be added

Round Two 

Add 3 or the majority cord colour

Add 2 of the minority cord colour

Round 3 

Add 3 of the majority cord colour 
Add 1 to the minority cord colour

Round 4 

           Add 2 of the majority cord colour

           Do NOT add to the minority colour. 
 

Round 5
Add 3 of the majority cord colour

Add 2 to the minority colour. 
 

Round 6
you should not need to add in cords for this round just do your double hitches on the existing cords 

 


 

Step by Step Photographic Tutorial - How to make Macrame Coasters - Easy Method

 

 

Starting

Making a loop to tie first 4 folded cords onto, (as larks heads knots,  3 of the majority colour and 1 of the minority colour)

 

 

 


 
How to close the loop and leave a “working cord“ to make a seamless circle of 4 larks heads with a tail or working cord left loose. 

 

Pull cords to tighten!
 

 

 


Round 1

How to tie your first Round of Double Hitches onto and around your working cord that was left loose. 

 

 

make sure you do not use you end cord marked "x" - Just ignore it !

 tie two hitches onto working cord 

Pull tight  

 work your way around to the beginning tying two hitches for each cord you encounter

 

 

Stop at the starting cord ! 



Step 2.- Adding Cords and Round Two 
How to add in folded cords using a larks head and when to know it is best to do so. 
 

 

Look for large gaps  

fill using a length of cord attached using a larks head, then leave and tie hitches next to this new added in cord   

by the end of this Second round of double hitches you should have 

     added 3 or the majority cord colour in extra (blue) 

 

 

 

     and Added in 2 of the minority cord colour in extra (cream). 
 

 

Stop when you reach the first knots/beginning of previous round.. 

 


Row 3  Adding more cords 
Doing the third round by tying hitches and:

     adding: 3 of the majority cord colour 

 

 

 

 


     And Adding One to the minority cord colour (cream)

 


Row 4 Adding more cords 
Doing the 4th round by:

Adding in two of the majority cord colour 

And NOT adding to the minority colour. 

 

 
 

Row 5 Adding more cords 
Doing the 5th round by:

    Adding in 3 of the majority cord colour

    And adding 2 to the minority colour. 
 

 

 

*optional final round-
Round 6-  you should not need to add in cords for this round just do your 


 

Fringes 

cut off excess cord using scissors to make a short fringe

Brush/ comb out until fringes are smooth 

 

 

 

 

 

chop and refine using a rotary cutter.

 

 

 



Marvel in your creative genius!

Providing you had no trouble following the video and these step by step picture  notes, you now have your first ever macramé coasters!


 

 


Remember this tutorial is free because I sell macrame cord from my shop. To support more free lessons please do consider going to my Shop for all the supplies you need to create these coasters.



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